Hi! I'm new to this site, but I am in some need of some help. My son, who is about 9.5m, eating all solids, has 4 teeth, and 2 that are still coming through the gums, has not slept more than 3 hours at a time since he was about 4 months old. When he turned 5 months, he went through the stage of waking up an hour after I put him down in his crib. He had never done this before. We also moved into my parents' house at that time, but have lived there since (plenty of time to adjust). The day after his 6M check-up, his first tooth came in, so I thought it was just teething for a month. Recently he has slept "through the night" twice, but not in a row. For the holidays we had visited family, he had stayed up late, ran errands that cut into nap times, etc...So things were hectic!
My DS falls asleep in his crib, while I am in the room, by 8pm usually, and I typically do not have to walk him. He'll then wake up a few hours later, so I go in and walk him until he's asleep and try to put him back in his crib. Lately this has worked. However, once I am ready to go to bed, I am so tired, once he wakes again, I'll bring him in the bed with me and we co-sleep. He will still wake every couple of hours, even after sleeping in the bed with me. I do not know what to do about this! I can sometimes calm him down while being in the bed, but other times, I have to get up and walk/bounce/rock him back to sleep. This can take as long as an hour and half! Some nights we even spend time sleeping in the recliner together, which is not comfortable for me. I am a stay at home mom, so I with my DS all day long, and I do whatever it takes for ME to get sleep because I need to be able to take care of him.
Here's a general schedule:
Wake up: ~7am
Bed time ~ 8-8:30
That's very loosely written depending on what we do during the day. If DS goes to bed after 8, he won't wake up until 7:30. If he goes to bed at 9 or later he won't wake up until 8am. I was thinking if he isn't tired when I put him down at night, or if he was TOO tired... I just don't know any more! :)
Even worse, my husband wants me to get my DS to sleep all night in his crib so he can come back to the bed (my husband is a large guy, and we only have a full sized bed at my parents, when he comes home on the weekends, so he's afraid he will squish our DS at night).
Any and all suggestions and advice are welcome!